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Meaning of HOLD BACK

Pronunciation:  howld bak

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in SE Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back athe tide of communism"
  2. [v]  wait before acting
  3. [v]  hold back; keep from being perceived by others, as of emotions or expressions of emotions; "She conceals her anger well"
  4. [v]  secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  5. [v]  keep under control; keep in check; "suppress a smile"; "Keep your temper"; "keep your cool"
 
 Synonyms: arrest, check, conceal, contain, hold, hold in, hold off, keep, keep back, keep back, restrain, retain, stop, suppress, turn back, wait
 
 See Also: act, bottle up, check, confine, contain, control, curb, cut down, cut out, defend, delay, hold, hold down, hold in, hold on, hold out, keep, moderate, move, occult, prevent, quench

 

 

Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abstain, abstain from, arrest, avoid, avoid excess, backpedal, backwater, begrudge, bit, block, bottle up, brake, bridle, check, clip the wings, close the hand, confine, conserve, constrain, contain, control, cool, cool off, countercheck, curb, curtail, dam up, damp, dampen, decelerate, delay, deny, detain, dispense with, do without, dompt, drag, draw rein, ease off, ease up, eat sparingly, eat to live, enjoin, eschew, exercise self-control, forbear, forgo, govern, grudge, guard, hinder, hold, hold aloof from, hold at bay, hold down, hold fast, hold in, hold in check, hold in leash, hold off, hold out on, hold up, husband, impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene, keep, keep back, keep by one, keep from, keep in, keep in check, keep in hand, keep in reserve, keep in store, keep on hand, keep out, keep under control, keep within bounds, keep within compass, keep within limits, lag, lay by, lay under restraint, let alone, let down, let go by, let up, live plainly, lose ground, lose momentum, lose speed, make late, meddle, moderate, mortify the flesh, never touch, not touch, not use, obstruct, oppose, pass up, preserve, prohibit, pull, pull in, put apart, put aside, put by, reef, refrain, refrain from, rein, rein in, relax, repress, reserve, resist, restrain, retain, retard, retrench, save, save up, scotch, set apart, set aside, set back, set by, shun, slack off, slack up, slacken, slow, slow down, slow up, snub, spare, stand aloof from, stay, stop, straiten, suppress, take in sail, throttle down, waive, withhold
 

 

 

 

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